Mabul Island, or Pulau Mabul, is a slice of tropical heaven situated in the Celebes Sea off the south-eastern coast of the Malaysian state of Sabah. It is a small island located 15 kilometres away from the famous Sipadan Island, one of the top diving destinations in the world. As lodging on Sipadan Island is no longer permitted, Mabul Island has become a popular pitstop for both accommodation and diving whilst waiting for a permit to Sipadan.
The island itself is a flat sandbar surrounded by a shallow coral reef system and is home to some of the best marine macrolife in the country. The seabed surrounding the reef slopes out to a depth of approximately 25 metres to 30 metres. It is the picture perfect tropical island with crystal clear waters, white sandy beaches, swaying coconut trees and two fishing villages.